MB-326 in 1/72 scale: : kit review & building report of the ITALERI kit
The Aermacchi or Macchi MB-326 is an Italian light military jet aircraft designed as a two-seat trainer in the nineteen fifties. It had a Viper jet engine and a mximum speed of about 700 km/hr. The Macchi company prototype flew end 1957 and the Italian air force quickly ordered about 100 aircraft. It later evolved into a single and two-seat light attack version. It was also exported to various countries like in various versions.
South Africa also manufactured starting in 1966 in license the MB-326M called the Impala by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation. The Silver Falcons, the SAAF aerobatic team, were equipped with Impala Mk Is.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) used the MB-326H as a jet trainer with nearly 100 aircraft used. The RAAF's aerobatic team, The Roulettes, flew the MB-326H from December 1970 until 1989.
Brazil was also a good customer with over 170 MB-326CG aircraft, locally built under the name AT-26 Xavante by Embraer.
Dubai bought 6×MB-326KD, 1×MB-326L, 1×MB-326LD.
were Zaire, Ghana, Tunesia and the Argentina Navy later on. Again, Italy
also bought additional aircraft, until the MB-326 was replaced by the MB-339
between 1981 and 1984.
Italeri issued a very nice
kit (no. 1334) for a MB-326 K "Impala". It has decals for:
Note: Italeri also issued a kit #
1308 of the two seat version MB-326:
This Italeri model was made straight out of the box as the Italeri kit is basic but very fine with nice panellines. The main wheel and gear is one part, a bit basic. The gun fairings are separate parts. Fit is pretty good of the parts. Do not forget the nose weight!
In the cockpit from bits and pieces
I added some more detail. It was painted light grey with decals for the
instruments and consoles. I replaced the kit seat with a PAVLA #S72070
resin seat . The two small pitot tubes next to the windscreen are in the
kit but not indicated in the instructions.
A scheme in the kit is also for a MB-326KD single-seat ground-attack aircraft as used in Dubai by the "Police Wing" in 1977. (later part of United Arab Emirates Air Force UAEAF). It was decided to pick this nice scheme.
Acrylic colours used on this model
These acrylic colours were airbrushed.
First the lower colour was airbrushed and when dried, masked.
Before applying the nice decals, set
on a gloss undercoat to prevent "silvering". I used Johnson
Future (Pledge) acrylic.
The windscreen was fixed with white glue used to close the tiny gaps. When dried, the dried white glue edges were painted with a very fine paint brush. Two pitots were added as well, these parts are unnumbered but on the kit sprues. The canopy was set open, its edges got a black edge using a permanent black marker/scriber to make it look thinner. Also, 3 mirrors made from a piece of aluminium foil were added on the inside edge.
Some "wash" to suggest actual use
of the aircraft was applied using the Promodeller black wash fluid,
particularly at the edges of ailerons, rudder and the grills on the upper
That completed this very nice small MB-326 model of Dubai.
( The two seater MB-326 of the other
Italeri kit will be build in the future of Congo AF)
Air International volume 14, page 267; Volume 31, page 291; Volume 34, page 165;
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